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Gastroenterology Fellowship (Minnesota)

Victor Chedid, M.D.

What attracted you to gastroenterology?

Ever since medical school, I was fascinated with the physiology and pathophysiology of the gastrointestinal system. I appreciated the intricate and complex interactions between multiple systems that regulate our digestive system, as well as the impact the digestive system has on our general well-being and health. The pathology within the GI system is very diverse and presents constant challenges that satisfy my inquisitive personality. I enjoy the investigation to come up with a final diagnosis or to provide the patients with the appropriate treatment plan/reassurance.

I also enjoy the ability to perform procedures to support the investigation of certain conditions and hence providing me with a true 'holistic' approach to patient care.

What attracted you to Mayo Clinic for fellowship training?

One of the core values, from the times of the Mayo brothers, is "the needs of the patient come first". While many institutions allude to this value, Mayo Clinic embodies this value and in fact it is the driving force/motivation for all that we do here. That type of practice was what attracted me to Mayo Clinic, since these values are aligned with mine.

Additionally, the track record of previous Mayo trainees, the ground-breaking research, and the ability to work on a day-to-day basis with world-leaders in Medicine, was also a major point of attraction.

What makes the Mayo Clinic Gastroenterology Fellowship unique?

Our program is very uniquely structured in training academic gastroenterologists:

  1. During our three years of fellowship, we have one dedicated year of protected research time working with phenomenal mentors. During that research year, we are able to expand our academic career to start the building blocks towards applying for early career grants. It helps with maturing our scientific thinking and trains us to be independent investigators.
  2. I was able to pursue a Master's in Clinic Research during my fellowship, which is a unique opportunity completely supported by our fellowship program.
  3. Our fellowship is one of the few with a balance between inpatient and outpatient practice. In fact, I believe our outpatient training is fantastic, since we keep all the patients that we establish care with in clinic or on consults, allowing for a longitudinal continuity of care. This allows us to mature as independent clinicians and take ownership of our patient panel.
  4. We have an inpatient GI service where we can admit our GI patients. On that service, as fellows, we get to run the team independently (under supervision of our consultants). We manage residents, interns and medical students, practice our teaching skills with daily morning report and learn to manage complex inpatient cases.
  5. We are a larger program with 7-8 fellows per year and despite that, we have a tight knit group and the whole GI division feels like a second family.
  6. Finally, we have daily (or sometimes twice daily), didactic lectures run by the different interest groups, grand rounds, and core curriculum, covering a wide range of up-to-date and pertinent topics.

Anything surprise you about Mayo's program?

I was amazed by how humble, down-to-earth and approachable our consultants are despite their busy schedules. Whenever I approach a consultant for an opinion (whether clinical, research related, or personal), I find them with an open door, spending time with me to brainstorm, give advice, or even just listen. Working with these consultants, I realized very quickly that they are genuinely interested in my education and in my career. I genuinely felt that to them, "my success is their success". This is unique and unparalleled.

Although I knew that the core-value at Mayo is "the needs of the patient come first", I was astonished with how efficient and fast things are run here. Our clinical assistants, appointment coordinators, secretaries, and all the Mayo staff take this core value to heart and go above and beyond to provide impeccable patient care.

What is living in Rochester like for you?

For someone coming from a large and busy city (Beirut), transitioning to Rochester was rough at first. I quickly realized how wonderful this city is. The first thing I noticed was how genuinely friendly and nice the people are. Given that Mayo Clinic is in Rochester, it attracts a diverse group of people from all over the world, making this small city a cosmopolitan one. The city has beautiful landscapes, a large range of outdoor activities, and pretty good food scene that is growing. Despite the frigid cold season, there are so many indoor/outdoor activities that make winter much more fun! It is also well connected to other cities, has its own airport and the Minneapolis airport is only 70 min away.

After living in Rochester for the past 2 years, it has spoiled me and now I enjoy the calm streets and slow-pace of Rochester.

What does your future look like right now?

I am very excited about my future career in gastroenterology. I have been making the most out of my training at Mayo Clinic which has provided me with solid grounds to pursue my dream of becoming an academic gastroenterologist.

I will be pursuing an advanced fellowship at Mayo Clinic in Inflammatory Bowel Disease after graduating in July 2019.